Reuters: iPhone 6 LCD production slowed by late redesign

Reuters reports Apple (AAPL +0.4%) originally wanted the iPhone 6 to use a single LCD backlight film layer instead of the normal two, but changed its mind after finding a single layer wasn't bright enough.

The about-face is said to have put screen assembly "on hold for part of June and July." Production is now back on track, and suppliers are "working flat-out to make up for lost time." The WSJ reported in July Apple has placed orders for 70M-80M iPhone 6 units to be produced by Dec. 30.

Japan Display, Sharp (OTCPK:SHCAY), and LG Display (LPL -2.6%) are reportedly the iPhone 6's LCD suppliers. Japan Display has previously said shipments for "a large customer" (believed to be Apple) might be delayed in calendar Q3.

Apple has shrugged off the report, and is trading near $101.

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  • Hardog
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    whatever AAPL makes good decisions
    22 Aug 2014, 10:59 AM Reply Like
  • tnek
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    22 Aug 2014, 11:03 AM Reply Like
    , contributor
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    I agree, quality is paramount with AAPL and people will pay more to get it.
    22 Aug 2014, 11:04 AM Reply Like
  • lifeS*X
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    Meanwhile the report states that ALL is fine NOW.


    That was just a way or another to manipulate the stock in order to get it lower and so get in at a lower point.


    BIG FAILED ATTEMPT as the stock is UP.
    22 Aug 2014, 11:07 AM Reply Like
  • brent_vossler
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    Which drives QQQ up and IVV up and anything associated with the NASDAQ. Just wunnerful!!!!
    22 Aug 2014, 11:34 AM Reply Like
  • Anyoption
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    So does that mean the poor Foxconn factory workers are working 20 hours a day to catch up rather than the usual 16?
    22 Aug 2014, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • TechEnthusiast
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    Using a computing device to complain about the working conditions of laborers in China is like taking a jet to a global warming conference. People do it, but if they thought about it, they'd stop.
    22 Aug 2014, 08:17 PM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    ". People do it, but if they thought about it, they'd stop."


    The labourers, technicians, restaurant or store grunts all work proactively expecting a bright future. And most do.


    To not succeed into a middle class life style in China is the exception.


    Why people in the USA comment on this is beyond me as they enjoy the lower prices or credit financed by China or Japan.
    22 Aug 2014, 10:31 PM Reply Like
  • tnek
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    agree. The people who tut tut about these issues are some of the biggest hypocrites there are. On order of algore taking private jets and limos to another money making global warming event. Add the occupy turds as well.
    23 Aug 2014, 10:02 AM Reply Like
  • diaboliqueguan
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    @anyoption Please do add Samsung, BBRY, HP, Dell, Intel, et al while you are criticising and trying to be humane typing your message at the comfort of your home, filled with products made in China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc.
    23 Aug 2014, 10:17 AM Reply Like
  • DWBowers
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    Unsubstantiated rumors don't make a news story. Nice try to get the stock lower.
    22 Aug 2014, 01:57 PM Reply Like
  • Tobias Schmitz
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    Nobody here worried that such substantial decisions about design and production are made just weeks before the alleged release date? I mean ideally such crucial hardware related decisions should have been made late last year, by now they should only be testing the finished device. I think they are starting to loose the plot. Maybe there won't be a single new device ready for sale in 2014.
    22 Aug 2014, 03:02 PM Reply Like
  • a alto
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    22 Aug 2014, 05:15 PM Reply Like
  • WisPokerGuy
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    I agree. YAWN. You just had to know that reports like this from drowning Apple bears were going to start coming out as the launch date got closer. It happens every time. And you know what? Apple survives and it's always much ado about nothing.
    22 Aug 2014, 05:50 PM Reply Like
  • maybenot
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    Comments (6782) | Send Message
    I want my iPhone 6. Waiting, waiting,...
    22 Aug 2014, 11:42 PM Reply Like
  • JeffCasey
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    Me too, iPhone6 with a big display
    23 Aug 2014, 05:14 AM Reply Like
  • Benjamin Frost
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    Comments (1264) | Send Message
    To maybenot: be patient. I want doesn't get.
    23 Aug 2014, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • maybenot
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    "be patient" ? -- I am, I am. :)


    But I know my patience will be stretched even thinner when Apple comes out with the iPhone 6 'wider display' -- a few months later.


    Buy the first iPhone 6? Or wait for the larger one?


    Patience grasshopper.
    23 Aug 2014, 12:50 PM Reply Like
  • Rookie47
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    I'm more excited about the watch. I don't even know what it looks like but I bet it's going to be pretty slick. There is no way they're going to put out an inferior product after waiting this long.
    23 Aug 2014, 04:35 PM Reply Like
  • 3jpqx5
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    tnek...skrew you and your goofy offense dummy! long aapl
    23 Aug 2014, 08:32 PM Reply Like
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